BellSouth Services Continue

BellSouth confirms to wholesale customers that services will continue even as rules change

May 26, 2004

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ATLANTA -- BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) today confirmed that there would be no disruption of service if current rules on wholesale leasing of BellSouth unbundled network elements (UNEs) are vacated next month.

Under a District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals order due to go into effect on June 16, BellSouth will no longer be required to lease certain portions of its networks to its wholesale customers.

In a letter to its customers on May 24, BellSouth pledged to take no unilateral action to disconnect service to its wholesale customers as a result of the court's vacatur.

To ensure a smooth and fair transition to the new market environment, BellSouth will use established legal and regulatory processes to implement the D.C. Circuit Court's decision.

"We are committed to going through the appropriate process," said Keith Cowan, President of BellSouth Interconnection Services. "This is not a new process. The process has been successfully utilized multiple times since the passage of the Act when the FCC previously removed network elements from the list."

BellSouth Corp.

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